• Jan 19th 2011 at 1:15PM
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Cars, crossovers and trucks have been available with back-up cameras for the better part of a decade and now bicyclists will finally be able to get in on the action with a little help from Cervellum.

While the Rael concept bike above is the product of Evan Solida's imagination, the 3.5-inch transflective LCD mounted on the handlebars is very much a reality. Cervellum's Hindsight 30 system utilizes a camera mounted underneath the seat, but Solida opted to integrate the camera into the seat stays, making it less of an aftermarket addition and more a cohesive part of the overall design. Along with the camera system, the Rael comes equipped with Shimano's Di2 electronic shifters and a novel handlebar solution utilizing a set of bullhorns with redesigned and reversed pistol-grip brakes hanging down to create the drops. The rationale behind the redesign is that the rider's index fingers can better actuate the brakes whether they're gripping the hoods or tucked in and using the drops. Cervellum hasn't announced pricing or availability for the Hindsight system, but it's safe to assume it'll hit the market before Solida's creation.

[Source: Bicycle Design, Cervellum]


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      CLARK
      • 4 Years Ago
      Technology can be a friend or foe. It "is what it is" and it's up to the user to use it responsibly. Any tool that can make your ride less hazardous is a good deal, as bikers are absolutely responsible for their own lives as the presence of a bike/motorcycle doesn't even register in the consciousness of many "cage" drivers. As always, though, this string has its share of ridiculous comments coming from all angles. The road 'belongs' to bikes, too but bikers who get too belligerent about it don't last long. As we say in the Navy, "The law of gross tonnage applies."
      • 4 Years Ago
      That would be so great. Record it so I can get the people chuncking cooke bottles at me!
      nsheats
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh great one more thing to keep drivers of anything's ateention split and looking anywhere but where they are headed. Must have been invented by someone with stock in ambulance services.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a completely idiotic use of technology. Sometimes low tech is a better solution. For a lot less money from companies like Third Eye you can buy a helmet mounted rear view mirror that will work much better than a camera. To begin with, having almost rear ended parked cars while fiddling with a cyclocomputer on the handlebars, I can say that having a display that makes you take your eyes off the road is not very wise. A helmet mirror sits in your field of vision and even when you focus on it, you can still see the road in your peripheral vision. That's not the case when looking down at a handlebar mounted display. Also, a helmet mirror can be instantly aimed by moving your head, while a rear view camera is fixed and can't be aimed.

      Dumb idea.
        jotwinowski
        • 4 Years Ago
        A driver has no ned to check his guages constantly - even the speedometer you only check occasionallly. What is coming up behind you is important to a bicyclist - even more so that to a car driver. However, the point is why spend a bundle on a high-tech solution when an even better low-tech solution already exists.
        dusty754
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't believe the rider is supposed to keep looking at the rear camera display all the time. This device is no different than the indicators on an automobile dashboard. You have a speedometer, fuel gauge, oil gauge, tempertaure gauge, ammeter, maybe a tachometer. Do you think the driver is spending a lot of time looking at these gauges? A quick glance is all he needs, just as the rider of this bike need only a quick glance to give him the alert of traffic coming from behind.
        drblair
        • 4 Years Ago
        I totally agree with Ronnie. Anything that takes your eyes away from the road is dangerous. Let's try to keep the bicycle industry suppliers sane. Without feedback from people like us, they will go wild!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I love it when people fail to think before they speak...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gee, I didn't realize I DESERVE a rear-view camera. Now I'll feel so unfulfilled every time I turn my head to look back.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Needs a recorder so they will know how I was killed by the angry drivers
        alfredschrader
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sit on the seat backwards, you can see it all perfectly. Simply put a forward view mirror on the back fender so you can see where you are going....Al-
        syntheticlubeguy
        • 4 Years Ago
        Viper,
        How did Adm Halsey make it through WWII with just a notepad and a Navy Yeoman at his side? No computers, iPads or anything like that. In the heat of battle, he couldn't Facebook anyone either. Amazing how we have dumbed down in this country---------nanny state here we come!!!!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm in love with this bike!!!! who produces this bike????
        proeza
        • 4 Years Ago
        Every bike rider needs a rear view camera as he runs thru a red light!!
      deegan
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a great idea if it's used correctly. All one needs is a quick glance at the screen to see if there is trouble brewing behind the bike. I can't turn my head far enough to the side to see behind me because of a war injury. It will work for me. In fact, I am tempted to order one of the $49.95 back up cameras from ebay and install it on my bike. Even a small battery will provide the needed juice and a small solar cell will keep it charged.

      Used to be able to buy a small generator that provided jucie to lights. Wonder if they are still available. Anyone have any ideas where they might be found?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Viper,

      The kids who would be riding this bike are the baby boomers and their kids. By the way we are all the product of the generation that raised us and the ones that raised them.

      How did the baby boomers survive?
      Not as many cars on the roads?
      Were they riding bikes 40-50 miles a day?
      Were the cars safer?
      Were their Cigarettes safer?

      Or are they obese, dying of cancer, and heart disease?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want a cam for my bike. There are so many cars on the roads these days. Bikers need all the help they can get.
      michell701
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is bad enough watching for people are walking and texting at the same time, I just about hit someone this past couple of days and now we have to watch out for cars comming up behind me now by watching a silly screen on my handle bars??? Come on, get real.

      I get enough b.s. from people not wanting to share the sidewalk and when I do ride alonhg the curb line the people in the cars yell for me to get on the sidewalk. Can't win at anything these days.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Check yoiur local laws. If you are properly outfitted you may be able to take up a whole lane. I am in the military so I am constantly having to learn the laws of my new duty station and the surrounding towns. Google or yahoo are good places to start.
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